It's More Than a Bike

It's More Than a Bike

Posted on July 22, 2016

BY MATT GAY, CIRCLE CITY RELIEF

The Conquest Cycling team that consists primarily of cyclists from Grace Church conducts a weekly bike ride on Sunday afternoons that focuses on fellowship and fitness. They are lead by Dave Alves, John Wright and Eric Carlton. Five years ago, they put their passion for fellowship and cycling to work for God's kingdom by fixing bikes for people in need of transportation. One day, a volunteer noticed many of the peoplewe served at Circle City Relief (CCR)arrived on bikes that were broken down. A broken pedal, no brakes or no seat were just a few of the issues. After he brought this to our attention, we share it with our Conquest riders. After a few discussions, theydecided to come down one Sunday a week and fix bikes for free! They thengive them away to people in need.

The bike repair area at CCRhas quickly grown to become a very busy area. They arrive at 10:30 a.m. and set up tents, bike repair equipment and tools, and begin to work. A line of people usually formswith bikes and they don't stop until the last one is repaired. By the time it's all over,they will haverepaired around 20-30 bikes.

The impact on the community is tremendous. Homeless men, women and childrencan't afford a car or gas, and don't even have money for bus transportation. So, they use bikes as their main source of transportation to get to work, an interview or see family. One gentlemen just needed a bike that would help him get to the store to get medication for his bed-ridden father.

The community looks forward to bike repair day. Not only for the bikes, but for the fellowship. The Conquest Cycling guys have created relationships with people in the neighborhood andengaged with individuals to get to know them on a personal level while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Conquest is always in need of bikes to recycle, restore and repurpose. Please consider helping them by donating a bike so they can get it in the hands of someone that needs it most. To donate, contact us.

Comments

Hey Tammy!I responded on the blog, but wasn’t sure you’d see it. Yes, we can take them any day we are open (we are only closed on Fridays). Feel free to stop by the office entrance and drop them off. William or Cheri should be at the front desk! Thank you so much for this kind donation!

Posted by Grace Church on July 11, 2019 @ 9:23 am

We have about 4-6 bikes that we would like to donate to Grace Community Church - is there a day and time that we can drop them off?

Posted by Tammie Horkay on July 10, 2019 @ 6:04 pm

Yes we do! You can drop it by our 146th Street campus at 5504 E 146th Street in Noblesville. THank you.

Posted by Grace Church on February 20, 2019 @ 10:55 am